Monday will present another opportunity for interested members of the public to weigh in on the 16 remaining specific purpose excise tax, or SPET, projects still being weighed by Jackson town councilors and Teton County commissioners.

The elected bodies will meet for a lengthy special joint information session beginning at 1 p.m. Monday and scheduled to last until 5 p.m. The SPET discussion is slated for 1 to 3 p.m., according to the meeting agenda, and at last week’s joint town/county SPET meeting, it was noted that public comment will be taken Monday, so expect that to open the meeting.

Though they began the SPET process with approximately $275 million worth of requests and are now down to roughly $227 million after cutting the $40 million application to move the fairgrounds and an $8.8 million request for a recreational development at South Park Landing West, councilors and commissioners still have a ways to go to finalize ballot items. Elected officials did not pare down any more of the requests at their May 23 meeting.

The two bodies are looking at putting forth roughly $100 million of SPET projects on the November ballot, so there are still many determinations to be made between now and the final decision in mid- to late-July.

Their May 23 meeting involved a good deal of discussion regarding the housing items, and the councilors and commissioners did agree that the St. John’s Health and Teton County School District requests — at $24 million and $32.5 million, respectively, though only $15 million of the school district's request is earmarked for employee housing — should stand on their own. But there was talk of potentially bundling some of the other housing-related items.

“Our community has prioritized housing, and that’s what I hear loud and clear,” said Mayor Hailey Morton Levinson in advocating for bundling the projects. “And we will rise or fall on housing, so for me that is reason to look at housing all together, because none of these can work without the other.”

The Town Council has a particularly busy day, with a 9 a.m. special meeting and a 6 p.m. regular meeting where they will handle a number of town-specific items. The meeting agendas can be found at Public participation for the meetings, which will be held at Jackson Town Hall, 150 E. Pearl Ave., is possible both in-person and virtually via Zoom links found on the meeting agendas.

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or

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Judd Grossman

Public money shouldn't be used to subsidize employees who work for private businesses.

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